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Misty Copeland Barbie, is she collectible?

Posted by helen on May 14, 2016


I received the Misty Copeland doll, oh, how much I wish I did NOT buy her.

her head is full of glue, her body is badly made: large holding marks on both sides of her neck, deep scratches on both arms, rough seams on legs, her arms are not evenly varnished, so they are partially shiny and partially Matte. the sewn-on fashion is made of cheap stretchy polyester knit & tulle, the head-piece is more ridiculous!

my $9.99 Ever After High dolls come with much better fashion.  This Misty Copeland doll should cost no more than $7.99.  as she is no better than these Fashionistas Barbie that Amazon sells for $7.94.

I bought the Misty doll only b/c I want to collect the new head sculpt. but a glue-filled head requires a lot of cleaning job to make her collectible.

I wish Mattel would explain to collectors why Wax Glue has to be used,  not only the glue seeps out & makes the hair greasy & dirty, the glue also deforms the head,  glued-filled dolls have lopsided faces. when the glue turns into yellow, the doll head will also turn into yellow. you can easily see it on light skinned dolls— it happened on my Twilight Saga Victoria doll, the back of her neck turned into yellow.

I m adding a new rule to my “purchase guideline”— I will not buy dolls with glue inside their heads. as I have had enough. these birthday wishes, its a girl, city shoppers, happy holidays 2013, 2014, 2015, to catch a thief Grace Kelly, Roman Holiday Audrey Hepburn, Barbie Loves Sinatra Barbie loves Elvis, Cheerleaders, Mermaid,   landmark collections, Museum collections, then & now, twilight saga, dolls of the world 2012 …. the list is too long…

hopefully, Misty would be my last glued head. This doll does not have the quality to be “collectible”

the seams on legs look so awful, but mine isn’t the worst, there are much worse ones that people posted on Facebook & youtube.

The arms look bad, too:

I guess you will soon find this doll $15 through “Amazon Warehouse Deals”.

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Exploring the “Posebilities”

Posted by helen on April 29, 2016

Its been  nearly 3 months since I purchased my first “Poseable silkstone” Barbie. I didn’t like her elbow joints, I still don’t.  they are really ugly. the only way to make the doll look flattering is to cover up the joints.

this new body sculpt is quite different from the original Silkstone’s.  this doll is supper skinny, her hip is smaller than Model Muse dolls’, her upper torso is too short,  you really have to “pick & choose” what’s suitable for her,  she just can’t wear every style you want her to model.


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Something Red

Posted by helen on April 17, 2016

Many Silkstone Fans now have seen the new 2016 Poseable Silkstone “City Chic” Barbie.  The blue suit was “inspired” by Oscar De La Renta 2016 Resort collection “Lightweight Double-face Wool Crepe Ruffle Jacket & Skirt”.

My dolls like Red better than Blue….. I knew from the beginning  this would not be  a best design for a tiny 12″ doll,  b/c of the miniature scale,  its  almost impossible to  make the spiral ruffle cascade down like waterfall flowing.  some online photos showed that Mattel’s Sample Makers really struggled to make it right. First  they used  the self-fabric to make the ruffle, later changed to chiffon… the outcome is still not satisfying….

I  gave it a try anyway…  the ruffles also look awful, I m not fond of it.  I have another pc of red fabric probably is more suitable for this style, but I m done… its not a cost-effective design.

city chic Barbie

city chic Barbie

city chic Barbie

“City chic” was supposed to be the “Fan Club” Exclusive.
Mattel put a half of the sketch of this doll on its website and believed it was good enough to lure people to join the Fan club.
Now Mattel has realized this is not a good design for its Fan Club, so the tiny sketch has been removed from its website and replaced with a doll wearing Pink Gown… the Pink Gown will be the new “exclusive”

My doll is wearing only one shoe, b/c I only found one. the other one is missing.


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Luciana’s outfits

Posted by helen on April 10, 2016

This is Poor Luciana’s best outfits as a wedding guest:

Luciana was a $100 doll, but $100 doesn’t guarantee quality outfits.  The crooked neckline or lopsided collars are expected. I would be surprised if the dress were neatly sewn.

I imagine Luciana is the Great-grandmother of our Bride Principessa.  her fashion is so outdated but she wants to pass it down to Barbie…

A little alteration is needed…

Mix &  Match:

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Something Blue

Posted by helen on April 9, 2016

The Oscar De La Renta Barbie Bridal doll hits the market with a big price tag $175. Her gown is a miniature replica of Oscar’s 2013 spring bridal collection “Something blue”

I don’t think I want to pay $175 for it, so here goes —-“DIY”, an easy solution.

If you appreciate the simplicity, she looks elegant without all these ruffles.

The Model is  Mattel’s 2015″Cinderella” Doll.

there is another design in this “something Blue” bridal collection, it has Vertical ruffles, I think I like this one better and will make it for Barbie later:

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Geometric Grey

Posted by helen on April 3, 2016

The new Poseable Silkstone “Classic Camel” was briefly on sale for $50 on theBarbieCollection.com a couple of days ago. then, Mattel said the price was a mistake,  the correct price  is $75…  people paid $50 are very happy, people had to pay $75 are pretty upset…

I didn’t catch the “Classic Camel” at $50, and  wouldn’t pay $75 for her, either.  I m not sure when my “$50” chance will come, so I made it up for myself with——-

“Geometric Grey” or “Graceful Gray” or “Adorable Argyle” … Barbie Loves  Alliterations, doesn’t she?

I love gray & Green  colors more than camel & black.

Trench Coat takes a lot of work to make,  so I give myself some credit for finishing it up.

Without the Belt:

the shift dress is in teal blue, the actual color is much darker and prettier.. I could have made her a Faux leather messenger bag, but  my patience has run out,  let’s call it a day, Barbie!



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Spring Stroll

Posted by helen on March 31, 2016

Taking a stroll in a fine spring afternoon….

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Happy Easter

Posted by helen on March 27, 2016

I’ve always wanted to make Barbie a Princess Seamed Shift Dress,  this is the kind of dresses I often wore when I was young.

The cotton fabric was bought from eBay, the color is little too dark for spring, but here we are actually still in winter. its too cold to feel “Spring”

Here is my Funny Bunny:

Many people are disappointed that there would not be an Easter Barbie  in the “Holiday Hostess” Series,  “Shamrock celebrations” put the series to an end,   It would be a great challenge for any designers to come up with a “sellable” Easter design –when I say “sellable”, it means that at least 5,000 collectors  are willing to buy it and pay $75 for it. .   The “Happy New Year” hostess doll has been in the Barbie collector’s shop for years, price dropped from $75 to $49 ,  it explains why the series has come to a full stop.

I bought 2 dozens of mini chicks, they are so fluffy and adorable, but I forgot to take them out for Barbie to play, so… they will have to wait for another year to have their “photo session”.


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DIY -Making Popsicle Chairs for Barbie

Posted by helen on March 24, 2016

This year the Barbie Club Fan Members are gifted with a Chiavari (Tiffany) Chair,  I first thought I didn’t have a single extra square inch for chairs, I was going to throw away a couple of chairs of my own to make space in my living room,  but then I thought perhaps I could use chairs as doll stands, since these Made to Move dolls don’t come with stands(sadly, they don’t come with shoes, either)   I immediately thought Popsicle sticks are great materials to use.

I picked 2 packs of Popsicle Sticks in a discount store, they are in different sizes, the prices are the same,  $1.29 each pack. I also bought wood glue.

I used a pair of scissors to cut the popsicle sticks,  it really is NOT  a great tool, very hard to cut,   my right hand now has a big blister, perhaps a mini hacksaw or craft knifes work better, but I don’t have anything else, I only have scissors.

I avoided the “cutting job” to save the pain when I made the table,  so the table size is the Popsicle Size. the scallop edge probably isn’t a realistic look of a dinning table.

I wanted to paint them in other colors, all the hardware stores in my neighborhood have run out of business, the nearest one is 28-minute-walk away (according to google),  I didn’t want to make a trip there. I searched my kitchen cabinets & found an old can of white paint,   the nozzles on can of spray paint has plugged up with dried paint, I tried but was not able to unplug the nozzle tip…   so I poured the paint on the chair –the result is the worst paint job you have ever seen,  it would be nice if I sprayed it evenly with Gold Metallic paint. It really makes myself laugh whenever I look at this ridiculous paint job I have done.

after I made my set,  I also made a mess at home… glue stains, paint stains are everywhere..  I thought “hmmm…. someone who is very organized must have made them  before, probably there are easy-to-make tutorials on youtube,  so I searched, wow, there are plenty of them,  I think this one is the best, check it out if you want to make some chairs:


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TokiDoki Lea

Posted by helen on March 23, 2016

I still love Lea Doll, but now she only makes her presence in Playline.  and most of them have disgusting wax glue inside their heads.

I was surprised to find a Fashionista Lea that has a clean head without nasty glue. so I gave her a little makeover:




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